By now you’ve probably seen the correlation drawn between IT automation and increased efficiency. In fact, automation in its inherent design is meant to help businesses do more with less and many companies across the globe – from small businesses to large enterprises – have leveraged automation technology for this very purpose. What you may not have considered, however, is that today’s ITPA platforms can actually go well beyond this and be used to drive overall growth of the business. Let’s take a look.
Invest in a quality IT automation product. It all begins with the selection of a high quality automation and orchestration platform that offers robust features and can integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of existing systems and tools.
Develop an automation strategy. The ability to not just automate routine IT tasks, but also streamline complex workflows is paramount to leveraging ITPA as a catalyst for business growth. Develop a strategy that will include what processes should be automated and in what order.
Embrace virtualization. The end-goal is to develop and implement a singular, seamless workflow and in order to achieve this goal IT automation must be leveraged in both a physical as well as a virtual infrastructure. CIOs must consider and embrace virtualization in order to maximize ITPA’s fullest potential.
Start small and build gradually. Most businesses invest in IT automation to help reduce costs and streamline certain operational functions. That’s a great place to start, even just by focusing on one silo at a time. The eventual goal, however, should be to bridge the entire infrastructure so that there are no more isolated processes, but rather an all-inclusive, “big picture” automation strategy. Start small and work your way up from there.
Include IT automation in data center consolidation. To fully realize efficiency and cost-savings benefits of IT automation, it must be incorporated into any and all data consolidation projects.
Think beyond ROI. Certainly measuring return on investment is an excellent tool for gaining executive buy-in for ITPA. CIOs must resist the temptation to stop there and instead be willing to explore the more far-reaching and ongoing benefits, such as continual cost containment. In other words, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
If you consider how the process of ITPA truly works, and its many benefits, it’s easy to see how this tool can also be a catalyst for business growth. When internal processes are streamlined, efficiency is maximized. This improves both internal and external service levels. It also frees up key personnel to be able to focus their talents and expertise on strategic business objectives, including growth. As a result, employees and customers are more satisfied, workflow is completely optimized and talented personnel are more tuned into driving the business forward.
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